Samsung One UI 5.0 (Android 13) Update Tracker: Eligible devices, Top features, Release date, Leaks
Everything known so far...
Samsung released the stable version of its One UI 4.0 update based on Android 12 to all of its eligible flagship phones. And the rollout for the remaining mid-range and budget phones is on the way with a couple of A-series devices receiving the latest update and others in the queue.
The Korean firm adopted Google’s Material You design which makes the One UI 4.0 look more attractive than ever. Moreover, the upcoming One UI 4.1 is also said to add some interesting features to the eligible Galaxy devices.
And while OEMs are busy rolling out the Android 12 update for their eligible devices, Google has already begun the preparations for its next major OS — the Android 13.
Till now, we have seen a handful of features of the upcoming Android 13 that were leaked in the last few days and you can check them out in our dedicated tracker. Moreover, we still wait for more to come as we proceed further in 2022.
Well, being software enthusiasts we always wait for what’s next. And the party is not over at just the Android 12. After an Android version is released, folks over at Google move to the next one. Likewise, after Android 12, the next major update is indeed Android 13.
And if past trends are something to go by, we can see the early development of Android 13 begin until the end of February. The Mountain-view-based company will start with the developer previews, followed by public betas, and then the stable version. To know more about Android 13, head here.
Meanwhile, Samsung fans would be curious about their version of Android 13 and when they can expect it. However, the Galaxy devices have another Android 12-based update — One UI 4.1 — on their way to Android 13, but to know about the upcoming software is always exciting.
And while we don’t have any confirmed information regarding the One UI 5.0 at such an early stage, we can still get an idea of how it’s going to work and thanks to Samsung’s moves over the last couple of years.
We already know that the Korean tech giant kick-started the beta testing of its new OS with the latest S-series phones. So, Galaxy S22 series will be the first to test the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 followed by other flagships including Galaxy S21, S20, and Note 20 series.
As of now, there isn’t any information regarding the One UI 5.0 software, but as the development of Android 13 has begun, there won’t be much time for Samsung to start its own preparation. And we will update this article as and when we get anything new regarding Samsung’s upcoming skin.
So, you would want to bookmark this page in order to get the latest news, leaks, and other information about Samsung’s Android 13 update.
Release date: How far are we
Update: April 7
Samsung could begin Android 13 and One UI 5.0 public beta testing by July. According to the latest report, users may be able to test the company’s upcoming OS in just three to four months. Know more here.
Update: June 6
Samsung has reportedly begun software development for its upcoming One UI update, which could be One UI 4.1.1 or One UI 5.0. However, it is presumed that it’s One UI 4.1.1. Read more here.
Update: June 10
A new report from Sammobile claims that the upcoming One UI 5.0 based on the Android 13 beta program may release sometime in early October or late July this year, the Galaxy S22 series will be the first to get it. Read more
Update: July 19
Just a few months ago, there was a rumor suggesting that Samsung may start rolling out the One UI 5.0-based Android 13 beta version sometime in the third week of July. Even though the company is actually seeking to release the latest Android version quickly for its phones. Read more
Update: July 26
Samsung has opened the official One UI 5.0 beta forum on its community site. Therefore, we can expect the company to start the One UI 5 beta testing for its smartphones and tablets soon. Read more
Update: July 28
Samsung may have delayed its latest One UI 5.0 beta testing program until next month. This delay could also lead to a possible rollback of stable releases as well. As per Sammobile, it may be Google’s fault as its latest Android 13 need more polishing. Read more
Update: July 31
Samsung finally confirmed postponing the One UI 5.0 beta testing for its phones till August As Google find some serious issues and bugs in the latest Android 13 version. It seems that the search engine tech giant will release another Android beta version for its Pixel phones. Read more
Update: August 1
One UI 5.0 beta testing is about to begin, and according to the official announcement, Samsung confirmed that a special One UI premium challenge program will be launched soon. Later the official team came forward and replied that it is not a private or separate test program and it will be launched with the next test program, not before that.
Update: August 2
Samsung has finally started One UI 5.0 beta testing for the Galaxy S22 series. The beta update is only limited to South Korea currently. Read more
Update: August 9
Samsung has internally started One UI 5.0 beta testing for the Galaxy S21 series. Now that Samsung has released the One UI 5.0 beta for its developers on these smartphones. Read more
One UI 5 feature: What’s new coming in for Galaxy users?
Update: June 9
Samsung’s upcoming One UI 5.0 update may improve the UI animation speed for eligible Galaxy devices. According to a report via Sammobile, the company is planning to optimize the UI animation speed with some modifications. Read more
Update: July 9
While Samsung is yet to reveal its Android 13-based custom skin, folks over at 9to5Google have already got their hands on some of the new changes that it’ll carry along.
Some UI changes have been noticed, revealing the early build that is being tested on Galaxy S21+. However, this isn’t everything that’s coming this year for Galaxy users, but gradually and hopefully more leaks will follow up ahead of the public beta release.
Tweaked notification design & small quick settings icons.
New Android permission dialogs.
OCR support in Gallery and insert text from the image feature in the keyboard
New multitasking gestures
Samsung Notes gets Collaboration feature
Currently active app will now show in quick settings
About phone page now shows image of device
UWB (Ultra Wide Band) toggle in settings
Here are all the aforementioned changes in detail:
Compared to One UI 4, the notification design has been slightly tweaked wherein you’ll get new icons along with an updated design style. Moreover, the new version also has some changes in the opacity and the quick settings icons have been slightly narrowed down in size.
Another change that’s been implemented in One UI 5 is the Android permission dialog. Samsung seems to have used the default Android permission dialog that features in Pixel phones.
One UI 5 has added OCR (Optical Character Recognition) that lets you copy text from images to the Gallery app and keyboard. It will now provide a button — that’ll help you extract text — at the bottom of Gallery.
New multitasking gestures have been added that will now help you quickly access pop-up view and split-screen mode.
Some other miscellaneous changes that have been noticed include Collaboration in Samsung Notes, currently active app will show in quick settings, UWB toggle added in settings, and About phone page now has an image of the device.